Not long ago, a good friend and mentor passed away after years of struggling with various health issues. Throughout the years, we had many conversations on topics such as careers, family, love, and life in general. There is over one significant chat that still stands out from all the others.
As we discussed my career trajectory, I grew curious about his perspective on the numerous national and international awards he’d won in the industry. At one point, he earned recognition as a Hall of Famer. Impressed by all his accomplishments, I asked him where all those awards were. He looked at me for a while and then replied, “They’re all in a closet at home.” I then asked him what he did with them. “I occasionally go into the closet and look at them to reminisce.” “What else?” I asked.
“Nothing. It’s just good to go back remind myself about accomplishing something, so few others have. To be known as that guy. Afterward, I close the door and go back to the real world.” Tragically this commitment came at a high cost as he also mentioned the results—a distant relationship with his children, financial hardship, and a couple of failed marriages. He eventually found happiness but yet struggled with his sense of identity.
This story reminds me of how scripture tells us where to store our treasures.
FX3 Fuel For Pray:
Read and meditate on Matthew 6:19. What does this verses say to you?
What treasures are you storing up and what is their value to others? How many of these accomplishments have eternal rewards?
Forge in Fellowship:
How will you start to store up treasures in heaven and what will it take? Share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com